Stay Safe from Summer Storms
While the spring season is known for the potential to experience severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well. In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in some areas. Thunderstorm season in the Midwest begins June 1st and runs through September 30th.
While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm.
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Before the Storm Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan. Unplug your electrical devices like your computer, or television. Secure objects that could easily be blown away in a storm. When you see the storm coming don't watch the storm and all of its fury, find shelter inside or in your hard top vehicle (avoid convertibles).
During the Storm Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from your local officials, for more information on weather radios. Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including corded telephones. Cordless and cellular devices should be safe. Unplug anything you don't want damaged as a result of the storm. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage. While staying away from windows and doors, remember that plumbing fixtures can conduct electricity.
After the Storm Don’t ever drive through flooded roadways. Stay away from downed power lines, and storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself in harm’s way. Report any downed power line to your electric supplier immediately.